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Klein, Nicholas 1849-1915 & Mary Didier Family


Posted By: Wilma J. Vande Berg - volunteer (email)
Date: 10/22/2022 at 07:46:24

Klein, Nicholas 1849-1915 and Mary Didier Family

The life and times of Sioux County pioneers can be read about in several Sioux County books. “The Story of Sioux County” by Charles Dyk gives a very colorful account of pioneer life with its joys and hardships. The book “Siouxland A History of Sioux County” by Nelson Nieuwenhuis gives great historical accounts of the area. The “1908 Sioux County Atlas” also has historical accounts of the various townships of Sioux County. The Granville Centennial book of 1891-1991 and the St. Joseph’s Church book have a lot of town and family history.

This biography was compiled by Wilma J. Vande Berg of the Greater Sioux County Genealogical Society and taken from various identified sources.

St. JOSEPH’S CHURCH BOOK of Granville page 126. Nicholas Klein Family.
Nicholas Klein was born February 26, 1849 in Tadler, Luxemburg and immigrated to America at the age of nineteen in 1868. He married Mary Didier of Chicago, Illinois on Feb 5, 1873. they homesteaded land south of Granville in 1877 where they raised their family of nine children. Nicholas died on December 11, 1915 and Mary died on October 13, 1944

KLEIN CHILDREN additional information was taken from the obits of the children.

1. Jacob Klein , born January 21, 1874 married Cecelia Goebel of Granville in 1902. They lived in the Granville area and had nine children – Jake died on Jan 8, 1969.
Source: Alton Democrat (5-20-1948) Born: January 21, 1874 Died: May 12, 1948 Funeral services ere held at St. Joseph Church, Granville on Saturday morning at 9:00 o’clock for Jacob B. Klein, age 74, who passed away at his home north west of Granville on Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock after a month’s illness. Jacob Klein was born January 21, 1874, in Chicago, Illinois, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Nick Klein, he moved with his parents to a farm south west of Granville and has resided near here for the past 50 years. On February 4, 1902 he was married to Miss Cecelia Goebel at St. Joseph Church. To this union were born nine children, who with the wives survive, namely: Nick, Leo, and Agnes at home, Henry, Lawrence, (Anna) Mrs. Ed Jenning, (Marion) Mrs. Jule Penning, all residing near Granville, and Sister M. Oda and Sister M. Tresain of Dubuque, 17 grandchildren, and five brothers: Peter and Henry of Granville, Father L.M. Klein of Wesley, Iowa, John and Joe of Dell Rapids, South Dakota. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. Burial will be made in St. Joseph Cemetery, under the direction of Wiltgen’s Funeral Home of Le Mars.

2. Catherine Klein, born February 18, 1876 entered the Mount St. Francis Convent of Dubuque, Iowas in 1896 and took the name of Sister Priscilla. She taught primary grades at Bancroft, Iowa in 21 years. She Died august 28, 1942.

3. John Klein, born January 12, 1881, Married Frances Hansen of Alton in 1910. They lived in the Dell Rapids, SD area and had eight children. John died Sep 20, 1972.

4. Frank Klein, born Feb 9, 1883 and died three months later.

5. Mary Klein, born March 19, 1884 entered the Mount St. Francis Convent of Dubuque, Iowa in 1904 and took the name of Sister Silvina. She taught school for many years at St Joseph, Iowa and died July 9, 1937.

6. Joseph Klein, born Feb 22, 1886 married Mary Mossong of Colman, SD in 1922. They lived on a farm at Dell Rapids SD and had six children. Joe died on March 31, 1967.
In the 1930 Census of Enterprise, Moody County SD Joseph was 43 years, a general farmer, wife Mary was 39, Children were – Lucile 7, Norbert 5, Jeanette 3 and Delphine 1.

7. Henry Klein, born Aug 27, 1888 lived his entire life on the farm south of Granville. He died Jun 3, 1975.

8. Peter Klein, born Aug 11, 1890 married Catherine Hodapp of Granville Feb 4, 1919. They lived on the homestead farm of his parents south of Granville. Peter died Oct 6, 1976. and Catherine died Aug 29, 1955. They had six children, Hilary, Rosemary Braun, Charles, and three sons died at birth Peter, Joseph and John.
Source: Alton Democrat (10-13-1976) Born: August 11, 1890 Died: October 6, 1976
Peter Klein, age 86, of Granville, died October 6 at the Nursing Wing of the Sheldon Community Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was born August 11, 1890, at Granville, where he lived all his life except for the last four years, during which he lived in the Nursing Wing of The Sheldon Community Hospital. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Klein. He married Catherine Hodapp on February 4, 1919. Funeral services were at 10:30 on Saturday, October 9 at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Granville. Reverend Edward Hoffman officiated. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery at Granville, with arrangements handled by Fisch Funeral Home. Klein was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine on August 30, 1955, three sons, six brothers and two sisters. Survivors include the two sons, Hilary Klein and Charles Klein of Granville, one daughter, Mrs. Leo (Rosemary) Brann of Granville, 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

9. Lawrence Klein born Jan 3, 1894 was ordained to the priesthood on Jan 22, 1922 at Sioux City, IA. He served as pastpr at Ota, Alvord, Leeds, Wesley and Ashton, Iowa. He died May 30, 1966.

RESEARCH According to a family report done by others submitted to public member trees on ancestry.com (not verified by the compiler of this biography); the author had very little data on Nicholas Klein born 1849-1915 and more on Mary Didier born 9 Mar 1853 at Becherich, Redagne, Diekirch, Luxembourg and died 13 Oct 1944 Sioux County Iowa. Listed as possible parents of Nicholas were Michel Klein 1812-1853 and Maria Flammang 1820-1895. The parents of Mary Didier were listed as Johann ‘John’ Didier 1827-1901 and Susanna Kettel 1824-1890. The author of the information for this public member tree on ancesry.com had thirteen children born to them with some of questionable origin.

OBITUARY of Nicholas Klein 1849-1915

Alton Democrat of Dec 18, 1915
Nicholas Klein died at his home in East Orange township suddenly on the morning of Saturday Dec. 11 from heart failure. Deceased was born in Tadler Luxemberg Germany, Feb 26, 1849. He came to this country in 1868 and worked in Chicago for seven and one half years. In 1873 he married Miss Mary Didier at Rose Hill, Cook County IL. In 1878 they and their brothers Jacob and Theodore Klein came to Sioux County, settling first in Nassau Township. Two years later they moved to their present home in East Orange where they have lived happily and prosperously for 36 years.
Mr. Klein is survived by the widow, Mary Klein and the following children: Jacob B., who resides in Floyd; John at Dell Rapids, SD; Joseph, Henry and Peter at home, Lawrence studying for the priesthood at St Mary’s college at Winona MN, and two daughters, Sister M. Priscilla of Petersburgh IA. One son, Frank, died a the age of six months. Two brothers, Jacob and Theodore Klein, live in East Orange and a step brothers. Frank Flamming, was staying at the home of the deceased. Father Gerlemann officiated at the funeral Dec 14 which was one of the largest ever seen here, burial being made in the St. Joseph cemetery, Granville.
The county thus loses one of its oldest and most respected citizens. He was a devout Catolic and a man of the highest integrity. The six sons were the pallbearers.

OBITUARY of Mary Mrs. Nicholas Klein 1852-1944
Oct 19, 1944 Alton Democrat
Mrs. Nick Klein Dies At Age of Nearly 92 Years-
Mrs. Nicholas Klein died on Friday, Oct. 13, in her 92nd year, at 8:15 p. m., at Granville. Her maiden name was Mary Didier. She was married to Nicholas Klein in February 1871, at Evanston, IL. Nine children were born to this couple of whom three preceded their mother in death, namely, Sister Mary Silvina O. S. F, Sister Mary Priscilla O. S. F., and a son, Francis. Her husband died in 1915.
She is survived by six sons, Jake, Henry and Peter of Granville, John and Joseph of Dell Rapids, S. D., and Father L. N. Klein of Wesley, Iowa. She is also survived by one brother, John Didier of Franklin Park. IL., and by three sisters, Mrs. M. Welter, Evan Eton; .Mrs. J. P. Evert, Chicago, Mrs. Nick Schumer of Bird Island, Minn. Mrs. F. A. Figge of Ossian, Iowa, for the past three years remained with Mrs. Klein at her residence in Granville, giving her constant care and assistance during her declining years.
The funeral mass was Held in St. Joseph’s church Granville, Monday morning at 10 o’clock. Father L. N. Klein, her youngest son was celebrant of the mass; Father Edward Klein of Rochester MN, was deacon; Father Henry Karhoff of Oyens , sub deacon; Father John Cullen of Sutherland masier of ceremonies; Father Gerlemann conducted services at the grave.
Six grandchildren acted at pallbearers; Pfc. Hilary Klein of St. Petersburg, Fla, Norbert Klein of Dell Rapids, Charles, Nick and Leo Klein of Granville, Robert Klein, Dell Rapids.
Many priests were present at the funeral. Also many relatives from a distance were at the funeral. Too numerous to mention.

This family picture was on page 127 of St. Joseph’s church book.


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